Our Year of the Bo

Each year, as the regular camping season comes to a close, Jennifer and I usually reflect back on the year and give it a theme based on the place or experience or that most shaped our RV year. This year, we agreed, the most influential force for our RV journeys was Bo.

Bo, of course, is our Norwegian Elkhound, given to us back in February as a surprise birthday present by our kids and grandkids. He was totally unexpected and, truth told, not particularly wanted. Those tears Jennifer shed the night they gave him to us as a 10-week pup were not tears of joy, I'll tell you that.

Now as Bo approaches his first birthday in December, he's getting close to being full grown and he's become such a part of our life that we're frankly crazy about him. He makes us laugh, absolutely loves the Roadtrek, keeps us active and has us throughly wrapped around those puppy paws.

“That Dog is going to have a great life,” I remember our son Scott telling his siblings “The places he'll go, the things he'll see.”

So true. He's been boondocking with us in the wilderness, camped in National Parks, State parks and at two Roadtreking gatherings. He's romped in mountain streams, slurped out of Lake Superior, barked at deer and elk and coyotes and hiked and climbed trails until he's so tired that he collapses on his bed at sundown back at camp and sleeps so sound he snores.

He's a part of our Roadtreking community. Our Facebook Group members chose his name.  When Jennifer and I meet other RVers, usually the first question we get is, “where's Bo?”

So I put together this little video dedicated to the biggest influence in our Roadtreking Year. We're delighted he's a part of our life and look forward to the next year on the road… with Bo.




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  • keitharnold

    Hello! Enjoyed your story. We just got a Roadtrek and are very excited. Our big worry is leaving our dog in the RV in hot weather if we go into a restaurant or on a hike. With our previous truck and trailer it was no problem. We would leave the trailer in an RV park hooked up to shore power with air conditioning on. Now we are going to have to leave our dog in the RV without shore power. How do others handle this in hot weather?